New Study Shows Root Canal Treatments Aren’t As Bad As They Have Come To Be Known As

The term “root canal” often instills fear in the mind of young patients who need to get the treatment done. However, root canal treatments are not as uncomfortable, lengthy, and pain-inducing as they have come to be known as.

Patients who have got the procedure done are six times more likely to call the process as painless. This is in comparison to those who have not ever got a root canal done. Root canals are for saving or repairing an infected or decaying tooth.

The process includes removing the nerve and pulp and cleaning the tooth’s inside. At the end, a filling or crown seals the area. Though seemingly horrible tools are involved, the use of an anesthetic numbs the area and prevents pain.

Now a new study also shows that people who have gone through the treatment don’t consider it any worse than other dental procedures. The Journal of Endodontics has published this report.

What Did The Study Reveal?

Root canal treatments are notoriously labeled as the most painful dental treatments. However, a new study from the University of Adelaide says that patients’ self-reporting suggests that the procedure is not any worse than other dental work.

This proves the opinion that root canal procedures are considered the worst wrong. For this study, researchers collected the data of 1096 randomly selected Australians in 2009. This was done so through questionnaires, dental records, and treatment receipts. These participants were in the age bracket of 30 to 60.

Participants’ self-rated dental score was looked at when they got the procedure done and two years following it. The research work found that root canal treatments weren’t as dreaded as many have come to believe. Though they are associated with pain and discomfort, patients think they’re no more unpleasant than other dental processes.

Dr. Tallan Chew who co-authored the study said, “The effect of root canal work on patients’ oral health-related quality of life was compared to other kinds of dental work such as tooth extraction, restoration of teeth, repairs to the teeth or gum treatment, preventative treatment and cleaning.

The Need For This Study

The interest in looking at the effect of oral treatments on the quality of life of patients among other factors is increasing. A biopsychosocial view in terms of health is replacing a biomedical model.

This has given rise to the need to examine what patients think about treatments and impact they have on their wellbeing. Therefore, the views of patients are now more important than clinical-based treatment outcomes.


Root canal treatments are not as awful as they are called. In fact, a new study shows that patients don’t think of them as more unpleasant than any other dental procedure. Researchers conducted this study to look at how the dental procedure affects patients’ wellbeing.

The treatment is lengthy but an anesthetic’s use makes it just mildly painful.